Lost In The Woods

Lost In The Woods

North of Eureka and Arcata, Highway 101 hugs the continent’s edge, offering panoramic views of crashing surf and rugged headlands. Stop in Trinidad to dine on fresh-caught fish after you’ve let Fido have a romp on nearby, leash-free Moonstone Beach.

Just north of Trinidad, the road skirts a quilt-work of parks created to protect the giant coast redwoods, tallest trees on Earth. Visitors with dogs will face some restrictions, but not enough to forestall a rewarding visit. In Redwood National and State Parks, dogs are allowed in paved areas and on Crescent and Gold Bluffs beaches. Dirt trails are off limits, but a rewarding experience is to be had on paved but lightly traveled Cal Barrel Road, which runs for three miles through old-growth forest in the Prairie Creek Redwoods sector.

Posted on: May 20, 2011

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